As a response to the post by Energy4All, here is a link to their website. , it clearly states that the aims of their model is the establishment of renewable power generation using plant that are owned by the community investors.

It is an interesting model and not without precedent as I indicated in my initial post. However, I'll leave it to others to decide if it fits with what I was proposing.

To repeat as a rough guide the UK's first National Cooperative would ideally be:

A good example of a truly National cooperative is well, the Cooperative! and one of the UK's most successful and oldest examples of a member controlled cooperative business model.